This summer surprises came galore. I feel asleep on my left side and woke up with excruciating pain. I went to the hospital and discovered that my diagnosis was sciatica. I never knew that this would happen to me. I value my independence. I can walk a short distance but with pain. I am taking the prescribed medication to lessen the pain. Do you discover that your body is giving out on you and betraying you as you get older?